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Vancouver’s solar power sector seeing growth

Sep 4, 2015

Boosters of solar power on Thursday unveiled a new report about the increase in use of that renewable energy as part of a larger effort…

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Vancouver’s solar power sector seeing growth

September 3, 2015, 5:30 PM

Boosters of solar power on Thursday unveiled a new report about the increase in use of that renewable energy as part of a larger effort to support the federal government's push to slash carbon pollution in the face of climate change. Thursday's event also put the spotlight on Vancouver's growing private solar sector, as backers of solar power in Washington gathered to discuss the issue at the facilities of two local companies: Brimma Solar and SunModo.

Tank car owners sought slow fix

September 3, 2015, 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Railroad tank cars equipped with defective valves still will be allowed to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials through the end of the year, despite a March directive from federal regulators requiring their replacement within 60 days.

$415M settlement approved in high-tech wage case

September 3, 2015, 3:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

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Briefs

Digital pen maker Wacom to release Bamboo Spark

September 3, 2015, 7:01 AM

The new Bamboo Spark is built on the use of a smart pen and a smart folio. Users can write with the smart pen on standard A5 paper. An EMR, or Electro-Magnetic Resonance, board in a smart folio communicates with the pen and preserves the written words or images for storage and editing.

Port of Camas-Washougal board to meet Thursday to discuss vacancy

September 2, 2015, 4:39 PM

The Port of Camas-Washougal said Wednesday that its Board of Commissioners will convene a special meeting today at the port’s office, 24 S. A St. in Washougal, to discuss and decide which applicants to interview for the District 1 position on the three-member board.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Bands at fair stir up memories, draw fans

August 15, 2015, 5:00 PM

The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.

Strictly Business: Raising wages a worthy venture

August 1, 2015, 5:00 PM

The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.

Strictly Business: Ideas flow to name river site

July 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Last week, I asked for your thoughts on naming our new waterfront urban neighborhood. Gramor Development, the company that will create the bulk of the waterfront community, says it will call the area Waterfront Vancouver USA. But Gramor doesn't control all of the 40-plus acres of redevelopment waterfront property: The Port of Vancouver is redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 site, and it has no new name in mind for its property.

Strictly Business: What’s in a name for waterfront?

July 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Vancouver, more than most places, should understand the importance of a name in shaping a community's identity. We forever live in the shadow of that much bigger, more cosmopolitan Vancouver to the north. And people sometimes confuse our state's name with our nation's capital city.

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Columnists

Parker: Trump campaign really brilliant marketing strategy

September 3, 2015, 6:00 AM

The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?

Camden: Tolling system not always Good To Go!; mistakes occur

September 2, 2015, 6:00 AM

Ernest Hemingway may have been right about not asking for whom the bell tolls. But when the state of Washington tolls you, and you weren't anywhere near the toll way, you should definitely ask. As in "What the hell?"

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Real Estate

C-Tran head: The Vine milestone ‘historic’

August 24, 2015, 5:00 PM

C-Tran officially planted The Vine on Monday, celebrating the start of a project that will bring big changes to Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor.

‘Smart’ approach to private wells

August 24, 2015, 5:00 PM

Kevin Epp's search for a way to keep private wells from running dry started with his father-in-law's struggles to water his garden, wash his car and simply have enough water in the summer when company shows up.

Downtown galleries, art studios face rising rents and scattered sites

August 22, 2015, 5:00 PM

In July, Maureen Andrade emailed out a cry for financial help for the North Bank Artists Project.

Expert stresses focus on efficiency in building

August 19, 2015, 5:00 PM

Many newly built homes are full of bells and whistles — granite countertops, soaring ceilings, expansive master suites — but prospective buyers would be wise to look beneath the skin to learn whether the home they want to buy is built with efficiency and comfort in mind.

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